Biography of Commissioner Al Schmidt

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Commissioner SchmidtAl Schmidt is in his third term as City Commissioner of Philadelphia. As City Commissioner, Al is one of three members on the bipartisan Board of Elections where he serves as Vice Chairman. Since first being elected in November 2011, Al has worked to modernize election operations, improve efficiency, and bring greater integrity to the election process. Al is an advocate of open data initiatives and releasing previously unavailable election data to the public. He has also produced a number of election-related reports, including investigations that have exposed vulnerabilities in the election process and voting irregularities.

Al is a former senior analyst at the non-partisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) – the investigative arm of Congress. He assisted members of Congress, both Democratic and Republican, in conducting oversight of government agencies, programs, and policies – anywhere that taxpayer dollars were spent – to identify and eliminate waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. Al held a top secret security clearance and was responsible for offering recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government agencies that resulted in improved performance, better interagency cooperation, and cost savings for taxpayers

Prior to joining GAO, Al served as a policy analyst for the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States. The Commission was charged with conducting original research into the fate of assets taken from victims of the Holocaust that came into the possession of the U.S. federal government, and advising the President on policies that should be adopted to make restitution to the rightful owners of stolen property or their heirs.

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Al holds a Ph.D. in history from Brandeis University and a B.A. in history from Allegheny College.

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